Stolen artefacts seized on Egyptian highway
|Over 500 Ptolemaic and Roman coins were among the looted artefacts [Credit: Ahram Online]|
The collection includes objects from ancient, Graeco-Roman, and Islamic periods of Egyptian history.
Youssef Khalifa, head of the Confiscated Antiquities Section at the antiquities ministry, told Ahram Online that all the objects were genuine except for a dozen very accurate replicas.
The collection includes 180 small amulets, 10 scarabs, 120 Ptolemaic coins, 407 bronze Roman coins and three Osirian wooden statues from the late period.
|Black granite statue of Hathor dated to the New Kingdom [Credit: Ahram Online]|
A limestone stele depicting a bust of the god Ptah and a black granite statue of the goddess Hathor were also among the collection.
Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said early investigations prove the objects were stolen from illicit excavations at various archaeological sites and a team from the ministry would study every object to discover its original location.
Author: Nevine El-Aref | Source: Ahram Online [January 24, 2013]
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